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Textile Design Resource Guide

From popular fabric design software and design elements to online tutorials, popular blogs and books, FabricMaker Fabric Design Resources Guide is a handy reference for all things digital fabric design.

How To Create Seamless Pattern (aka Repeats) with Photoshop Elements

This short course is a basic introduction to the principals of creating seamless repeat patterns using popular graphics software such as Photoshop Elements.



Webcasts & Videos



Desktop Digital Fabric Printing

POTM: Creating Personalized Fabric

POTM: Photos In Modern Projects


Seamless Pattern & Fabric Designs

What Color Is Your Fabric




Software Roundup



CreativeStudio Online Designer Access

Artlandia Symmetry Mill (Annual Subscription $69)

You might not be a professional designer, but if you want to create great repeating patterns quickly and easily, from just about any image, and have fun in the process, then Artlandia SymmetryMill is for you, and it works right in your web browser. No other software is needed!

Pattern Studio ($68)

From seamless textures to complex interlocking patterns, Pattern Studio does it all. Pattern Studio uses VectorBit technology that combines vector tools with the pixel based image manipulation. Whatever you draw or paint in it is always editable and always automatically seamless - without any additional work.

Adobe Illustrator-CC ($19/mo-1yr) / Photoshop Elements ($99) / Photoshop CC (starting at $9/mo-1yr)

*Note- Illustrator, Photoshop and Elements are graphic design/photo editing software- they have not been developed for textile design. The use of these programs may require more knowledge of building and repeating patterns or use it in conjunction with another design software-plug in that facilitates repeats more easily.




Plugin's for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator



Artlandia SymmetryWorks ($250)

Artlandia SymmetryWorks, the exciting, powerful, easy-to-use, and most affordable software for pattern design, is just a few clicks away. This Illustrator plug-in is best for working with vector objects, but it lets you use raster images in your patterns too. SymmetryWorks will save you hours on each pattern you make. And it will enable you to create designs that you simply cannot do by any other means.

Artlandia SymmetryShop ($315)

Artlandia SymmetryShop is all you need to create professional pattern designs in Adobe Photoshop. Now in its third release, this plug-in makes the design process quick, easy, and fully automatic. Select a part of an image and the plug-in does the rest. SymmetryShop patterns stay editable forever: refine your source image and rebuild the pattern at any time.




Textile Design Courses and Lessons:






Blog and Website Roundup






Book Roundup



  • A Field Guide to Fabric Design by Kim Kight (of True Up)
  • Textile Design: The Complete Guide to Printed Textiles for Apparel and Home Furnishings by Carol Joyce
  • Principals of Pattern Design by Richard M. Proctor
  • Twentieth-Century Pattern Design by Lesley Jackson
  • Digital Textile Design by Melanie Bowles
  • Textile Designs: Two Hundred Years of European and American Patterns Organized by Motif, Style, Color, Layout, and Period by Susan Meller, Joost Elffers
  • Heather Ross Prints by Heather Ross
  • The Complete Guide to Designing and Printing Fabric by Laurie Wishburn
  • Reprodepot Pattern Book: Folk: 225 Vintage-Inspired Textile Designs by Djerba Goldfinger, Grace Bonney
  • Adobe Photoshop for Textile Design - for Adobe Photoshop CS3 by Frederick L. Chipkin




Digital Textile Designs and Design Elements



Many companies and designers offer ready-made digital textile designs or design elements. Be sure to check and respect the usage rights of these designs prior to using them. Some of the books listed above also contain collections of designs for digital download and use.

EZ Textiles

The world's largest online library of production-ready, royalty free, 100% editable digital textile designs!

Open Clip Art

Open Clip Art is the largest collaborative community that creates, shares and remixes clipart. All clipart is released to the public domain and may be used in any project for free with no restrictions.


Search millions of royalty-free stock photos, illustrations, and vectors. Get inspired by ten thousand new, high-resolution images added daily.


Royalty free stock photos, vector art illustrations, stock footage and audio for print and use on websites and presentations.

Artlandia Pattern Central

Patterns shared by SymmetryMill Users


A crowdsourced library includes millions of royalty-free images, vectors, and illustrations.

Pepin Press (Various Books)

Over the past 30 years we have built a huge archive of books, prints, decorative art originals, textiles and fashion items. In addition, we have an archive of tens of thousands of digitized, and often restored, patterns, ornaments and illustrations. Most of our products are developed using content selected from our archives.

Dover Publications (Various Books)

Our CD-ROM and Book sets give graphic artists, designers, and crafters access to a wealth of decorative borders and ornaments, specialty fonts and fancy initials, historical engravings and line illustrations, and a variety of classic fine and period art from all over the world.


Depositphotos offers millions of high-quality photographs and vector images at affordable prices including over 100,000 fabric pattern vector graphics.